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In Memoriam 2015

January 1: Donna Douglas: Played daughter Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies. (Age 82). 1: Mario Cuomo: Governor of New York (1983 to 1994) (Age 82). 2: James Cecil Dickens: Known as Little Jimmy Dickens, best known for his song May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up ...

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The disappearance of misc.activism.progressive and the emergence of Thought Crime Radio

Almost four years ago, the articles in the USENET newsgroup misc.activism.progressive ground to a halt, and moderator Rich Winkel has all but disappeared from the USENET, whom I learn resided in Harrisburg (up until 2010, at least), a half hour or so drive from his ...

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Sounding off on the end of CanCon and the CRTC

I guess with the recent decision to axe all cancon requirements for daytime programming in Canada, the CRTC is crawling toward its own irrelevance. Let's not be naive, Canadian culture is that much more weakened without the protection it partially enjoyed from American influence. With ...

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Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map … barely

Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map ... barely

I've written about obscure Saskatchewan communities before. Here is another community far to the north of Unity. My ancestors from France settled here. Many of my ancestors were pioneers that broke new farming ground nearest to a community called Eldred, Saskatchewan. Eldred was about 10 km ...

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Zero

Once upon a time, around the year 525 during the reign of Pope John I, a monk named Dionysius invented the idea of Anno Domini by producing a calendar which marked the time since the birth of Christ. The numbering of the years was adopted ...

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Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

You know, I was minding my own business in this classy Chinese restaurant, engorging myself on their copious buffet, had my fill, and was handed the bill with an accompanying fortune cookie. This fortune cookie (the one to the left) really existed, and I never saw ...

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Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Maple is a robust math environment which can graph, solve equations, and solve for the unknown with the aid of its computer algebra solver (CAS), which is capable of computing exact roots of cubic functions, for example. I wanted to demonstrate for myself that Maple could ...

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Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Recently, I've been hit (my website that is) by someone possibly checking his plethora of links from his/her website, and when I back-traced it, I find this cool blog which acts as a convincing historical shrine to the late great 1050 CHUM Radio in Toronto. ...

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The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

This is more like a meta-review. I have gone to Canada Computes where nearly the entire Behringer line is sold, and was impressed by the specs. But does it do what I want, the way I want it? I face a number of obstacles, being a ...

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Rape accusations are a distraction

It is just in the character of politics that accusations of sex crime become more important than actual corruption and bias on the job. I do not wish to downplay Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s narrative. I was moved, as would anyone be who listened to even part of it. But it is still a distraction in its utter lack of evidence. There was no real testimony or calling of other witnesses. The lawyer (not a senator) who did all of the questioning, failed to boost Brett Michael Kavanaugh’s credibility, so the senators, who had all given up their right to speak, had their right to speak materialize from out of nowhere (and out of protocol), and began impassioned defenses for Kavanaugh. In other words, it was a media circus. While this was not a criminal trial, the US Senate was still expected to use the testimony of Ford and Kavanaugh to render judgement on Kavanaugh’s suitability for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

The real issues that got to me would require me to look a little deeper into Kavanaugh’s participation in the line of sexually explicit questioning that impeached former President Bill Clinton. There is a mountain of evidence from here that would easily result in showing that Kavanaugh is a creature of the Republican Party, and could not be expected to render fair judgements on matters of political import, or for that matter of other kinds of importance regarding matters that are in the Republican playbook, such as abortion.

What does it matter if Kavanaugh assaulted Ford? Did Kavanaugh pass out after drinking?

These questions are smokescreens that just keep people guessing. Strategists in the Republican party seemed to have figured out that they can’t promote Kavanaugh by allowing the truth to come out, so after suppressing a rather voluminous paper trail left by him during the Clinton and Bush administrations, and limiting the FBI investigation after Ford’s testimony, and instead, focusing on a he-said-she-said account of “what might have happened 35 years ago” or “whether the Clintons were seeking revenge” was a way to keep the discussion off anything that matters.

Ford’s testimony, along with those of two other women, have been helpful in keeping the conversation moving toward “did he rape her/didn’t he rape her” and away from “what else was Kavanaugh doing under Bush’s payroll?”, or “isn’t there a conflict of interest in appointing supreme court judges at all when the president is under criminal investigation?” the latter two of which are either more recent or has a provable paper trail, and would be more compelling. Not for the Democrats, who have already seen enough, but for the public, who need to be shown these details to convince their Republican senators to vote against him.

Though Kavanaugh has been sworn in, the documents won’t be held forever. In fact, most of them will be released at the end of October.

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August in a Hamilton Airport Lounge

After I was compelled to go all the way to Hamilton to catch a plane to Edmonton to visit my parents, I had an earworm in my head – a song that wouldn’t leave my head: Bruce Cockburn’s January in a Halifax Airport Lounge, which appeared many decades ago. It had its imagery: the jets flying overhead, the Cyprus-bound RAF detail waiting to board, and the cocoon-like feeling of being stuck in a small airport in the middle of a snowstorm.

Hamilton is slowly being built up, and I am sure as it expands its tax base, it will try to beautify its old buildings downtown, including City Hall. The airport is still much-neglected, small as it is, and too close to Pearson Airport (I consider 70km too close, since Pearson is so massive) to be viable to any but locals.

And it was true. I felt like I was one of few people from out of town in this airport. The only “store” that exists here is a Tim Horton’s. No souvenir shops, and barely 100 meters exist between the baggage checks and the boarding gate (there is only one, leading to a general area). In the lounge area in front of both the gate and Tim Horton’s, families kept their kids occupied, one lady was doing her knitting, some people were on their devices, everyone seemed generally relaxed. It is in contrast to Pearson’s bustle, tension, and people’s crises over lost luggage, or possibly worse matters.

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Political Correctness

Tweet Today, I am going to possibly offend both sides of a sensitive discussion about political correctness, and that’s because my opinion here is neither on the “left” nor “right”. I think that means I will piss just about everyone off with this article. If discussions on political correctness make you angry, then feel free to […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part XIV

Tweet This is the last entry. I would like this to go on forever, but all things must end. Trump just can’t be bothered with laws He scoffs the Emoluments Clause Though most folks suspect him The brain dead protect him At most we’ve got probable cause Kim Jong Un and Trump should be friends Upon them our […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part XIII

Tweet The closer we get to the facts The more freakin’ guilty Trump acts He thinks we’re all dumb And under his thumb I hope that I’m there when he cracks Trump tries to pretend he’s not nuts His clan plays along for tax cuts And Putin’s web trolls Still act like assholes From far off (cuz […] […]

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Young Trump staffers and their dating troubles

Tweet I think we can agree that Business Insider is not exactly a Leftist online publication. The news item has been echoed on MSNBC, GQ, The Cut, Vice – and possibly many other media (Politico apparently broke the story), and it lays bare a rather painful on-the-job hazard of a Trump Employee or supporter working in […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part XII

Tweet Trump’s doc says he’s fit as a fiddle But I think he’s fudging a little No doc talks like that Plus Trump’s crazy fat Too fat for a framework that brittle All of the president’s men Run out of mean tricks now and then Trump chides them, “You jerks, Just go with what works: Investigate Clinton […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part XI

Tweet Republican voters must wonder What sort of a spell are they under? Fox News says Trump’s cool But he’s Putin’s tool Should we have to pay for their blunder? We can’t keep on going this way Our plight seems more desperate each day I think we all know That Trump’s got to go There’s just no […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part XI

Tweet Stress made Devin Nunes get sick Trump told him, “This should do the trick” “Hey wait,” Devin cried “That’s pure cyanide!” “Don’t worry,” Trump said, “It works quick.” “Those bastards have me in a fix,” Trump whined, “Democrats are all dicks I’m useless, they say ‘Cause I sleep all day Please move your hand faster, Ms […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part X

Tweet Stress made Devin Nunes get sick Trump told him, “This should do the trick” “Hey wait,” Devin cried “That’s pure cyanide!” “Don’t worry,” Trump said, “It works quick.” “Those bastards have me in a fix,” Trump whined, “Democrats are all dicks I’m useless, they say ‘Cause I sleep all day Please move your hand faster, Ms […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part IX

Tweet There once was a VP named Pence Whose passion for God was intense He called his wife “Mother” Had eyes for no other And lacked but one thing: common sense A filthy rich fat guy named Trump Saw his pageant beginning to slump His beauty queen cried Trump took it in stride And canned her when […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part VIII

Tweet Our president promised a wall The neighbors would pay for it all But when it came time To show us the dime All Trump could do was just stall A well-to-do nitwit named Trump Was a liar, a thief and a chump He said “Yes I’m rich, The son of a bitch, My real name’s actually […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part VII

Tweet While driving his daughter to school Trump farted and felt like a fool Ivanka said “Dad, It really is bad I’ll just walk from here if that’s cool” What’s up with Sean Hannity’s hair? Did he mean to put his part there? The way that it’s cut It looks like a butt I bet little kids […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part VI

Tweet Trump met a young girl named Melania They went out to dine on lasagna He plied her with liquor And told her, “Eat quicker, By seven I plan to be on ya” One evening while roaming the White House Trump wondered if he had the right house Melania said “Hey, If I had my way We’d […] […]

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Oh yeah, and by the way: JFK Documents released

Tweet Back on 26 April, what I understand should have been the last of the JFK documents released to the general public and made available for download. Apparently, the deadline to release the last of them has been now moved to 2021. With all the distractions surrounding Donald Trump, including those distractions Trump made for himself, you […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part V

Tweet Now that the memo’s released And all of the screaming has ceased Those four little pages That seemed so outrageous Have gone from “the worst” to “the least.” Melania hated her life She didn’t like being Trump’s wife To deal with the man She thought up a plan Involving scotch, roofies and a knife While styling his […] […]

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My thoughts on the Logitech K380 Keyboard

Tweet I am writing this blog on the K380, first made by Logitech in 2015 or so. C-Net did a review, basing their experience the way I am — writing this article using it. Starting with the most visible features, it is predictably a small keyboard. You could feel cramped if you have large hands, but then […] […]

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In memoriam: World’s oldest living person, dead at 117

Tweet There is always “the oldest living person” somewhere. Sooner or later, they will pass on, and it is someone else’s turn to be the oldest. But the demise of Nabi Tajima of Japan would not be worthy of further comment, except that it appears as though she was the last person known to have been […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part IV

Tweet Not clapping for Trump is now treason A big deal to him for some reason He’s so full of crap Why bother to clap? With luck he’ll be gone by next season Republicans say we’re unfair For laughing at Donald Trump’s hair That orange cotton candy He thinks looks so dandy Came straight from the New York […] […]

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Todd Taliaferro’s Trump Limerick series Part III

Tweet Of Putin no ill has Trump spoken Such words anyway would be token As Trump’s critics know His bluster’s for show Vlad’s end would leave Donald heartbroken What sort of man needs a parade? Is this moron in the fourth grade? His hour of fun Will cost US a ton It won’t be his money that’s […] […]

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